Date: 10/1/18 6:39 am
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: First Gr. White-fronted Geese of the Season
It's intriguing that they probably refer to local landmarks. I spent a lot
of time in the woods ne of Mary's Peak 1980-83. A flock of GWFG used the
gap between Woods Creek and Scheele Creek, spring and fall. The weather was
not inclement, but they flew quite low, under 2000 feet.lpn

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 7:54 PM Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> wrote:

> Around noon today I heard a flock of greater white-fronted geese at my
> house at the south end or Eckman Lake bear Waldport. I eventually saw the
> flock of about 45 birds as they flew past headed NNE. I watched as they
> flew out over Alsea Bay then turned and headed east upriver. I have always
> assume that north bound flocks of geese at this time of year we’re simply
> getting bearings or recognizing landmarks before continuing SE.
> Roy
> On Sep 30, 2018, at 8:42 AM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
> wrote:
> They all fly south southeast this time of year for observers in nw
> Oregon. A reversal just shy of Willamette Pass is plausible. But 100 miles
> further north? I guess there were thunderstorms east of Finley yesterday,
> not sure if it was late afternoon.
> On Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 8:38 AM Jack Williamson <
> <jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:
>> They were flying east north east which did not seem unusual to me at the
>> time. Now I am scratching my head.
>> Jack Williamson
>> West Linn, Oregon
>> On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 1:53 AM Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
>> wrote:
>>> Perhaps they decided weather was unfavorable for crossing the pass. All
>>> of the adults in the flock have been there before. I've been wondering a
>>> bit lately how these social birds achieve consensus. Will we ever know?
>>> Thanks for the cardinal clarification Steve. Otherwise I might
>>> have assumed the reversed direction was a clerical error. Jack Williamson
>>> saw(I left my glasses at home)some GWFG that I heard over West Linn at 4:15
>>> Saturday. I presume they were southbound as he made no comment otherwise.
>>> It seems like it has been 8 days since that last big wave. The ones folks
>>> notice the last week of August(I think reports began as early as 8/20 this
>>> year) nest on the Alaska Penninsula. That is to say the south shore of
>>> Bristol Bay. Thanks to satellite tracking we now know this subset of
>>> Alaskan GWFG will slow the pace of migration a little after resting in the
>>> Klamath Basin, but not finish their annual cycle until reaching Chihuahua.
>>> Later in the winter they are back in the Central Valley. The GWFG passing
>>> over nw Oregon a month later nested on the north shore of Bristol Bay.
>>> Maybe today's geese are from a third location in Alaska.
>>> Lpn
>>> On Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 11:38 PM McDonald, Steve <bigrocketman...>
>>> wrote:
>>>> In my first post, I should have noted that the geese I heard were
>>>> flying in the opposite direction that you'd expect, for this time of the
>>>> year. I have no explanation for that.
>>>> Steve McDonald

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